School Of Rock actor killed in accident

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Actor and musician Kevin Clark, who played drummer Freddy "Spazzy McGee" Jones in the 2003 Jack Black movie School Of Rock, has been killed when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle along a Chicago street.

Police said Clark, 32, was struck early on Wednesday after running a red light in the city's Avondale neighbourhood.

Authorities said emergency responders found Clark partially under the car. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The 20-year-old woman driving the car was issued several citations, but no additional information was given.

After starring in School Of Rock with Black, Clark continued pursuing drumming. Most recently, he played in the band Jess Bess and the Intentions, which made its debut performance on Saturday at the Wooden Nickel in the Chicago suburb of Highwood.

In a tweet, Black called Clark's death devastating and that he was heartbroken that it came too soon.

"Sending love to his family and the whole School of Rock community," Black wrote.

In interviews, Clark said he landed his only movie role by responding to an ad in a local newspaper looking for adolescents who can play drums, keyboards and guitar.

Rivkah Reyes, who played Katie in the movie, called Clark a "big-hearted, warm human".